The Cabinet of Caligari (1962)
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as Jane Lindstrom
as Caligari / Paul
as Mark Lindstrom
as Dr. Frank David
as Little Girl
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Audience Reviews for The Cabinet of Caligari
Nothing works, from the dialogue that never comes close to duplicating the way real people talk, to a surreal mental breakdown climax complete with distorted sets.
A strange tale that is a long wind up to a final twist ending of the Twilight Zone sort. Impressive acting by an ensemble cast but with a script filled with quite pretentious and stilted dialog. Horror is something of an overstatement in describing this movie. If you are expecting a remake of the 1920 silent classic, this is definitely not it. What it really is the viewer only learns at the end, at which point a lot of pretentious dialog makes more sense than it seemed to when you initially heard it.
A little slow (and by that I mean talky) but what 60's psycho movie isn't? The finales are unfailingly worth sitting through sometimes draggy first and second acts for. Head's up: if you've seen the original Caligari the ending may be slightly telegraphed... but the rest of the movie is so successful at messing with your head, you'll definitely be doubting those assumptions.
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